Pope Scientific Inc. was founded in Milwaukee, WI, in 1963 for the purpose of providing a variety of apparatus to laboratories and pilot plants. There were a large number of product lines that were created, changed, and diversified over the years. By the mid 1990s, the product mix had fallen into the broad categories of Distillation, Vessel Systems, Cryogenic Dewars, and Toll Distillation Processing Services. While this breakdown remains, the various lines have evolved and advanced in size, complexity, technology, and application scope.
The Wiped-Film Still (WFS) product line was developed by The Arthur Smith Company in the 1950’s and transferred to Pope in 1975. Pope’s WFS’s have been used in a multitude of heat sensitive product applications, including pharmaceuticals, vitamins, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, foods, flavors, fragrances, edible and essential oils, extracts, polymers, bio-based materials and fuels, waxes, specialty chemicals., etc.
It wasn’t until 2003 that Pope came into contact with its first cannabinoid application customer. This was for CBD concentration from hemp material that was being discarded as waste byproduct from hemp seed oil processing. A retired professor collected the biomass for free, then extracted, distilled, and isolated cannabinoid for sale to pharmaceutical companies at a handsome margin. Later, Pope supplied a university department a lab still for cannabinoid research, but that was it… until late 2014 when inquiries began to trickle in primarily from small scale THC extraction groups. A couple of orders for Pope’s lab scale 2” glass units resulted, and from there, both interest and orders escalated quickly.